2020 GMC Sierra Towing Capacity

August 11th, 2020 by

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If you’re looking for a truck with plenty of power and towing capability, consider the latest GMC Sierra. No matter the trim level, you’re guaranteed a powerful engine that can handle any adventure.

To better find the pickup that suits your needs, use this guide that explains the power and towing capacity of the 2020 GMC Sierra.

How Powerful Is the GMC Sierra?

To understand each pickup truck’s trailering capabilities, you need to look under the hood. The Sierra 1500 and its heavy-duty counterparts offer different engines and transmissions that play a factor in the truck’s overall towing capabilities. Here are the specs for each truck’s engine and transmission offerings:

Sierra 1500

Every Sierra comes with plenty of power under the hood. When it comes to the Sierra 1500, you have plenty of engine options, including the following:

  • 4.3-liter gasoline V-6 engine that generates 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque.
  • 2.7-liter I4 Turbo gasoline engine that produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
  • 5.3-liter gasoline V-8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
  • 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 engine that generates 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
  • 3.0-liter I6 Turbo Diesel engine that gets 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Overall, you can get a maximum horsepower of 420 and a maximum torque of 460 pound-feet with the Sierra 1500. Making it one of the top light duty pickup trucks on the market. In addition to engine options, you also get a variety of transmission options, including a six-speed, eight-speed, and 10-speed automatic transmission.

Sierra Heavy Duty Trucks

If you’re looking for more power, opt for the heavy-duty editions of the GMC Sierra. You get the option of either of the following engines with the Sierra 2500 HD and Sierra 3500 HD:

  • 6.6-liter V-8 Turbo Diesel engine that generates 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.
  • 6.6-liter gas V-8 engine that produces 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque.

You can also choose from a six-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission.

What Is the Towing Capacity of the GMC Sierra?

The towing capacity of the GMC Sierra depends on the trim level, the engine setup, any additional packages, and the truck’s overall configuration. Here’s a look at each GMC Sierra pickup and its unique capabilities:

Sierra 1500

When properly equipped, the Sierra 1500 offers plenty of towing capability with a maximum trailer weight rating of 12,100 pounds. To get this rating, you need a Sierra SLT Double Cab 4WD model with the available 6.2-L V-8 engine and Max Trailering Package. Here is a more detailed look at each trim’s maximum towing capabilities:

  • Base: up to 11,300 pounds.
  • SLE: up to 12,100 pounds.
  • Elevation: up to 12,100 pounds.
  • SLT: up to 12,100 pounds.
  • AT4: up to 9,800 pounds.
  • Denali: up to 9,600 pounds.

Sierra 2500 Heavy Duty

If you’re looking for more power, opt for the Sierra 2500 Heavy Duty. It offers a maximum trailer weight rating of up to 18,510 pounds. To get this rating, you need a properly equipped 2500 HD Regular Cab long bed 2WD Sierra with the available 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch.

Sierra 3500 Heavy Duty

The Sierra 3500 Heavy Duty offers even more power with a maximum trailer weight rating of up to 35,500 pounds when properly equipped. This rating requires a 3500 HD Regular Cab long bed DRW 2WD truck with the available 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch.

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What Trailering Features Does the GMC Sierra Come With?

Along with offering generous towing capabilities, the GMC Sierra comes with several features to make trailing even easier. While the Sierra 1500 and the Sierra HD trucks have some similarities, they also have their differences in this regard. Here’s more information about the unique trailing features of the Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500 HD, and Sierra 3500 HD:

Sierra 1500

Along with impressive towing capabilities, every Sierra 1500 comes with a smart trailer integration. You also get the option of several available features, including up to 15 camera views to make trailing easier. You also have the option of the GMC ProGrade Trailering System with the in-vehicle trailering app, the traction select system with a tow/haul mode, a multicolor 15-inch diagonal head-up display, and the world’s first six-function MultiPro Tailgate and ProGrade Trailer technology. The latter helps improve loading and unloading, all while giving you access to the cargo box. You can also get your Sierra 1500 with an industry-first carbon-fiber composite bed, along with intelligent power and performance.

Sierra 2500 HD and Sierra 3500 HD

The GMC Sierra HD trucks feature a smart trailer integration, an available head-up display, and a rear camera mirror. Like the LD pickups, the HD lineup features the six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate, which comes standard on the SLT, AT4, and Denali trims, and is available on the base Sierra HD and SLE trims. You also get the available ProGrade Trailering System with the in-vehicle trailering app and the available traction select system with a tow/haul mode. The HD trucks also come with up to 15 available camera views, including the industry-first available transparent trailer view. To get this trailer view, all you need to do is install the available accessory trailer camera if your trailer allows for it.

2020 GMC Sierra towing in Woods

What To Know When It Comes to Trailering 

If you want a truck with superior trailering and towing capabilities, it’s essential to understand various terms so that you know what to look for. Here are some words to familiarize yourself with before you shop for your next truck:

  • Gross combined vehicle weight: This refers to the maximum weight of your vehicle and the trailer combined.
  • Axle ratio: The axle ratio is the gears in your truck’s differential. Essentially, it’s the relationship between the truck’s driveshaft revolutions and the tire’s revolutions.
  • Curb weight: Also known as the vehicle weight, the curb weight refers to the weight of your empty truck sans the driver, payload, and other equipment.
  • Gross trailer weight: This refers to the weight of the loaded trailer.
  • Gross vehicle weight: The gross vehicle weight is the weight of your entire vehicle, including its contents, cargo, fuel, the driver, and its passengers.
  • Trailer tongue weight: This is the weight on the truck’s trailer tongue, which helps keep the vehicle balanced and allows for a safer drive.

Still comparing options with the GMC Sierra? See how it stacks up with the Chevy Silverado 1500 or the Ram 1500.

If you want to check out a GMC Sierra truck up close, visit us at Sweeney Buick-GMC or contact us online. We’re available to answer your automotive questions and get you behind the wheel of your new vehicle in no time.

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